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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:06 am 
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Has anyone here ever tried installing a third brake/taillight socket and bulb in between the existing 2 brake/taillight sockets and bulbs in the '81-'83 Malibu taillight assemblies? I thinking about a slightly different look, without spending alot of money. Thanks in advance.


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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:20 pm 
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What about the turn signals?

I'd go right to the brake light switch above the pedal and tie into the brake light wire and run it back just for the 3rd brake light. Trust me, it sounds like a lot of work but it's the way to go.


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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:53 pm 
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Going to do it with LED panels sometime in the near future. Just one of those 'when i get to it' things.

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:34 pm 
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Thanks very much for your replies.
t01blaze, what I was thinking about was trying to splice in a third functioning taillight/brakelight/turn signal socket, in between the 2 existing taillight/brakelight/turn signal sockets, then cutting an opening in the back of the tailight housing, in between the 2 existing openings, and plugging that third socket into the new opening, so that instead of having just 2 tailight/brakelight/signal lights in each taillight assembly, you'd have 3. Another idea I have, is to put a third light there, but instead of having it as a brake & signal light, it would be just a running light, with the small peanut (#194) light bulb in it, and just splice it into the existing side marker light wiring that's already there.
As I said, just trying to think of something that's a bit different, without the expense of going with LEDs.


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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:47 pm 
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clean8485 wrote:
Thanks very much for your replies.
t01blaze, what I was thinking about was trying to splice in a third functioning taillight/brakelight/turn signal socket, in between the 2 existing taillight/brakelight/turn signal sockets, then cutting an opening in the back of the tailight housing, in between the 2 existing openings, and plugging that third socket into the new opening, so that instead of having just 2 tailight/brakelight/signal lights in each taillight assembly, you'd have 3. Another idea I have, is to put a third light there, but instead of having it as a brake & signal light, it would be just a running light, with the small peanut (#194) light bulb in it, and just splice it into the existing side marker light wiring that's already there.
As I said, just trying to think of something that's a bit different, without the expense of going with LEDs.


I understand. Get all 3 tail light segments lit up. How about some sequential turn signals?


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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:27 pm 
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I understand what you're saying. I had a similiar thought, but I'm not sure how that could be done with the regular incandescent bulbs. What I was thinking about was trying to get 3 lights showing in the taillight housing first. As far as I know, or as I've seen, the sequential light conversion is easier to accomplish with LEDs. I appreciate your idea.


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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:53 am 
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1970 Cougars and Shelby Mustangs had sequential tail lamps for turn signals. The brake lamps came on steady.


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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:46 am 
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Cougars had the sequential turn signals prior to 1970. They were also used on mid '60s Thunderbirds as well. I vaguely remember the setup that Ford used on those cars as being somewhat unreliable and problematic. As I said, I'd like to try to get 3 working lights in the housing first.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:56 pm 
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I have a functioning third brake light on my 81 malibu all I did was get a taillight wiring harness from a 85-88 monte carlo that had a third brake light setup and plug everything in.


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On '80 the center is the reverse lights. We can't do the cool upgrade...

Stumbled across these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEILyn3BjZs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4Xw1e_9IsA

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